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UChicago Faculty Physicians

Esra Tasali, MD

Professor of Medicine Director, UChicago Sleep Center

Esra Tasali, MD, is an expert in sleep medicine and passionate researcher. Dr. Tasali’s research demonstrates the role sleep plays in controlling energy metabolism, which is the process of generating energy through nutrients in the body. Her work also helps to explain the physical pathways linking insufficient sleep length or quality to metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Tasali has been the principal investigator interdisciplinary research projects funded by the National Institute of Heath (NIH) that explore the impacts sleep and sleep apnea have on metabolic outcomes. Dr. Tasali’s current NIH-funded research program focuses on the role of sleep apnea in prediabetes.


Dr. Tasali’s work has been recognized internationally and published in several high-impact journals. Her work found in JAMA Internal Medicine that shows sleep extension, lengthening sleep beyond the average time, could be a viable treatment for preventing or reversing obesity has received attention from the scientific community as well as the public. Dr. Tasali is the recipient of awards for her pioneering sleep work and serves on the National Institute of Health review panel. She is also currently a member of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board at the National Institute of Health.

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Diabetes Association
  • Sleep Research Society
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Endocrine Society
  • American Thoracic Society

Practicing Since

  • 2005

Languages Spoken

  • Turkish
  • French
  • English

Medical Education

  • Istanbul University


  • Istanbul University


  • Istanbul University


  • University of Chicago Medicine

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